(Closed) Does anyone regret spending TOO MUCH?

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: I wish I had...
    splurged on that one thing I wanted! : (8 votes)
    42 %
    spent more money on everything! : (2 votes)
    11 %
    NOT spent so much on a certain area! : (4 votes)
    21 %
    spent less money on every part of the wedding! : (5 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1016 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    If I had a time machine and could fix all the little things that went wrong I wouldn’t even think about it – all the expense and all the little things that went wrong were NO problem. However…  I WOULD go back and NOT hire the woman I found on Etsy to do my invitations – it was more than I planned on spending and a total and utter disaster.  The thought of what I paid her still puts a pit in my stomach…everything else was basically worth it! 

    (a very budget-conscious wedding I might add…) 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I loved my wedding, but honestly I think it would have been just as special if we had cut back some.  I definitely did a lot of DIY projects, looked for the best deal for what we were getting, etc.  but in the end we still spent a lot (a least for us).  I really liked my wedding dress but looking back I wish I would have found something about 1/2 the cost.  Now I’m stuck with a wedding dress that I’m never going to use again – it kind of feels like a waste (I’m trying to sell it with no luck yet).

    Post # 5
    Member
    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    The items that I really splurged on (chivari chairs, satin linens, florals, lighting) I don’t regret at all.  There were a few things that were not necessarily budget-breakders, but probably just unnecessary: 

    Cocktail Hour Music–we had the string quartet who played our ceremony play for a few hours during cocktail hour.  DH and I wanted to spend the cocktail hour alone just the 2 of us, so I have no idea what we were missing. 

    Cocktail Hour Food–we were pretty efficient with our cocktail hour and kept it just an hour.  But we had 2 buffet stations, passed apps, and an open bar.  This was before our reception which was a 5 course plated meal.  If I’d do it all over again, I’d probably just opt for 1 buffet station and maybe a few more passed apps. 

    Calligraphy–we had a calligrapher do our escort cards.  Gorgeous, but probably could have found a cheaper way to get them done. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We splurged on our top three priorities, and then everything else, we really cut back on. Sometimes looking back, I wish we had splurged on one or two more things for our guests, like a Photobooth, because in the grand scheme of our $25,000 wedding, what was another $1,000? I say this because neither of our two families are big into dancing, so I think the Photobooth would have been a huge hit. 

    But other than that, we were happy with what we spent. We set the $25K budget, and didn’t go more than $200 over.

    Post # 7
    Member
    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I regretted spending the money on my TTD video until I saw it.  It’s totally worth the money.  I didn’t regret spending the money on my photograophers until I got the pictures.  Totally NOT worth the money.

    I spent around $130 per person on food because I had my wedding at a country clud with a great view.  Since the pictures suck, I wish I would have just had it at the National park in the background and had a catered buffet.  Could have saved SO MUCH MONEY.  But that’s all I regret spending because I was really really thrifty for the rest of the wedding!

    Post # 8
    Member
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    None of the above!  I think we did a great job overally… spent a reasonable amount and stuck to our budgets (except for my second dress but luckily I had plenty in my own savings to cover that splurge and it was sooooo worth it!).  In the end, it was truly my dream wedding and everyone had a fantastic time — especially my husband and I.  I’d do it all over again in heartbeat!  🙂

    Post # 9
    Member
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Hmm there’s no “I’m happy with what I spent” choice! My wedding is expensive, but I think that the money has been well spent. I don’t feel ripped off in any respect, and we stayed well within the range we felt comfortable with.

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